Christy Fairlie

Hi Hi, I'm Christy, class of the 2019 NOBO hikers. Seattle is currently my home base but I’ll always be an east coast girl at heart, so hiking the AT is a little like going home - if home were a spot in the woods with no indoor plumbing, cooking on a single burner stove and playing in the dirt - yep, that sounds about right.

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This Girl’s Guide to Resupplying on the AT

This Girl’s Guide to Resupplying on the AT

It never once occurred to me that I wouldn’t send myself resupply boxes.  Perhaps because I read Wild before my first backpacking trip, resupply

Mar 5, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
Another Day Spent Debating Gear Selections

Another Day Spent Debating Gear Selections

To all the people who reached out to me after my last post, thank you.  Your thoughtful words of encouragement warm my heart every time I think of

Feb 26, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
Second Thoughts and Pre-Hike Blues

Second Thoughts and Pre-Hike Blues

I had a plan.  And it was a solid one, too.  I would study for the GMAT while working, apply to PhD programs, quit my job in March to hike the AT

Feb 22, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
Alternative Training Plan – No Walking Required

Alternative Training Plan – No Walking Required

Conventional wisdom says that to prepare for a thru-hike, I should be walking around with my loaded pack. A lot.  But I live in downtown Seattle, so

Feb 12, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
In My Defense: Why I Am Hiking the AT

In My Defense: Why I Am Hiking the AT

When I tell people I’m going to hike the AT, I get a fairly predictable set of responses and questions.   When I tell them I’m hiking solo, the

Jan 28, 2019 : Christy Fairlie
My Biggest Trail Liability: Sticking to Tried and True

My Biggest Trail Liability: Sticking to Tried and True

As I map out my pack list for the AT, I am realizing that my biggest liability in terms of pack weight is sentimentality.  I like my gear.  I’ve

Dec 31, 2018 : Christy Fairlie